Scen.: Hans Arp, Hans Richter. Mus.: Robert Naughton. Int.: Sergej Ejzenštejn (poliziotto), Michael Hankinson, Basil Wright, Len Lye, Nelly van Doesburg. DCP 4K. D.: 16’. Bn.
Hans Richter began working on this film (starring Sergej Ejzenštejn) in 1929 and recut it on and off for the rest of his life, as was his way, leaving a range of different versions, some silent, some sound, of which only the 16mm varieties have survived. In 2012, the Swiss Cinémathèque discovered a can marked Every Day, containing a reel of nitrate film, an assembly of sometimes unedited shots. This work print was deposited by a Swiss lab and probably dates back to the time when Richter was based in Switzerland, towards the end of the 30s. According to current research, it would seem to be the only nitrate element in existence.
A digital reconstruction now highlights the unfinished nature of the work while also showing a coherent piece, whose pace and power will perhaps strike audiences all the more, because the artist’s own hand is still visibly at work here.